These two are giving a masterclass in how to have a healthy, supportive separation.
In Hollywood, the divorce rate is infamously high.
From Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, it is as if every week brings fresh news of another celebrity break up. Some end in bitterness and acrimony. But there are other famous couples who approach their separation in a healthy, progressive manner. Just think of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow’s effortless “conscious uncoupling”, or how Katy Perry and Evan Spiegel have become part of Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom’s extended family network.
This week, we can officially throw Chris Pratt and Anna Faris into the mix after seeing Faris’ genuinely heartfelt reaction to the news that her ex-husband is engaged to his new partner Katherine Schwarzenegger.
Although the internet seemed intent on whipping up drama where there was none, Faris left Instagram comments on both Pratt and Schwarzenegger’s posts wishing the couple the warmest congratulations and sending her love.
Speaking today on her podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified, Faris went into more detail about how she found out about Pratt and Schwarzenegger’s engagement.
“Sweet Chris, my ex, got engaged to Katherine today and I’m so happy for them,” Faris said on her podcast. She added that Pratt texted her after he proposed to let her know his exciting news.
“I knew that it was going to happen and I love her and I love him. I’m just so happy that they found each other,” Faris said. “Chris texted me this morning and he was like, you know, ‘I proposed to Katherine last night.’ And I was like ‘Ah, that’s amazing.’ And I texted him back like, ‘I just want to remind you I’m an ordained minister!’” (Though, she joked, she’s “not very good at it.”)
There were some who responded to the news that Pratt and Schwarzenegger were getting married with words of pity for Faris. In a since-deleted tweet, one fan wrote: “heart-wrenching. Anna deserves so much better treatment. I don’t care if she’s taking it smiling. It seems so off to me.”
But neither Faris nor Pratt are here for this sexist narrative of the pathetic ex-wife, prostrate with grief, mourning the end of her marriage like some kind of modern-day Mrs Havisham. How both of them have acted in the days after the announcement of Pratt’s new engagement is a masterclass in how to have a healthy relationship with your ex.
“The truth is there isn’t any bitterness,” Faris said on her podcast. “They’re both f**king amazing people, and I’m so happy.”
If, in the future, you find yourself in the middle of a divorce – as almost half of all people who get married in the US and UK will – then consider taking a leaf out of Faris and Pratt’s book.
Both parties have moved on and are happy and supportive of each other. What could be more healthy than that?